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Preview: Magic #19

Magic #19

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Ig Guara (CA) Miguel Mercado
In Shops: Oct 05, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Chandra, Garruk, and Niko have finally made it to Ravnica, but Tezzeret was more than ready for them…
If they want to succeed in freeing Ral, Kaya, and Vraska from their sadistic prisons…they’ll have to face a challenge that no one could have predicted, and a final showdown with the Master of Metal himself!
Magic fans won’t want to miss the beginning of this epic two-part finale, and the start of a new mystery that will put the… fate of the entire multiverse at stake!

Magic #19

Pulse Con 2022: Magic: The Gathering Goes Beyond with Transformers

During Hasbro’s Pulse Con 2022, Magic: The Gathering unveiled a new series of Universes Beyond cards from the Transformers franchise. Fan favorite characters including Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream feature classic G1 designs and double-sided cards that convert between robot mode and an alt-mode. Each of the 15 cards has a “Shattered Glass” variant showcasing an alternate reality in which the Autobots are evil and the Decepticons are good. These unique Universes Beyond cards can be found in the upcoming set The Brothers’ War on Nov. 18 in set boosters, collector boosters, and Bundle. Available for pre-order now on Amazon and your local game store.

Pulse Con 2022: Heroscape: Age of Annihilation, Vanguard Edition launches!

You are back on the remote planet of Valhalla, a once peaceful world now torn apart by evil. Dynastic rulers known as Valkyrie are fighting to control the wellsprings, mystical fountains that bestow mighty powers – but can also bring on the curse of frightening visions of total destruction.  Esoteric warriors from across time and space battle for power and glory. Will they save their world, or face utter annihilation?

Heroscape: Age of Annihilation transports you to the next era of the popular expandable miniature wargaming system.  It includes stunningly detailed miniatures that allow you to create your own rich world. Using modular tiles, you build sprawling battlefields on which to play out battles between powerful and unconventional factions pulled not only from Earth but also from other planets across the galaxy.

The game features:

  • 71 finely detailed miniatures, in molded colors that denote their affiliations.
  • 50 army cards, providing game rules for your miniatures.
  • An expandable hex-based modular tile terrain system, including 74 base pieces and 68 wall terrain pieces, 9 jungle terrain pieces, with which you can build varied, multilevel landscapes for your battles.
  • 5 original factions designed for this game, each with unique skills and strategies. Play as the Dryan Lifeborne Order, the Nemesis War Brood, the Dawn Raider Syndicate, the Clockwork Combine, or the Ironclad Collective!
  • Customizable armies in which each figure is given a point value, allowing you to choose which units to include in your army to suit your own playstyle.
  • 20 game scenarios specially created for AGE OF ANNIHILATION.  

Every component of this incredible game system is fully backward- and forward-compatible. 

If this Haslab campaign is backed with a minimum 8,000 pre-orders before November 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST, you will be transported back to Valhalla!

The Fate of the Entire MULTIVERSE is at Stake in Magic #19

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Magic #19, the next issue from writer Jed MacKay, artists Ig Guara, Jacques Salomon, Breno Tamura, Arancia Studio’s Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, about bloody revenge and a desperate escape attempt, available on October 5, 2022.

Chandra, Garruk, and Niko have finally made it to Ravnica, but Tezzeret is more than ready for them… if they want to succeed in freeing Ral, Kaya, and Vraska from their sadistic prisons…they’ll have to face a challenge that no one could have predicted, and a final showdown with the Master of Metal himself! Magic fans won’t want to miss the beginning of this epic two-part finale, and the start of a new mystery that will put the… fate of the entire multiverse at stake! 

Magic #19 features main cover art by acclaimed artist Miguel Mercado, a polybagged Secret Planeswalker Variant Cover by Mel Milton, and an Incentive Variant Cover by Junggeun Yoon.

Magic #19

Preview: Magic #18

Magic #18

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Ig Guara (CA) Miguel Mercado
In Shops: Sep 07, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Tezzeret knows he’s been betrayed… and he’s set his bloodhound, Tibalt, on the traitor’s trail.

Now Garruk, Chandra, and Niko are all that stand between Davriel Cane and a gruesome death at Tibalt’s hands.

But the appearance of a guest Planeswalker might just give our heroes exactly what they need to find their way back to Ravnica, and save Vraska, Kaya, and Ral!

Magic #18

Preview: Dungeons & Dragons: Ravenloft – Orphan of Agony Isle #3

Dungeons & Dragons: Ravenloft – Orphan of Agony Isle #3

(W) Ro Mediavilla, Aaron Harvey (A) Kayla Felty (A/CA) Bayleigh Underwood
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $3.99

When Miranda’s situation in Schloss Mordenheim becomes unbearable, she makes a daring escape, only to discover that Viktra’s warnings about the outside world were true! Can Miranda choose between the doctor she knows and the doctor she doesn’t?

Dungeons & Dragons: Ravenloft – Orphan of Agony Isle #3

Don’t get ghosted with Hasbro’s Love is Dead party game!

For singles tired of the same ol’ dating app drama or occasional horror stories, and looking to amp up their dating game in the coming months, Hasbro just released a brand-new party game for teens and adults perfect for the occasion. Inspired by modern dating themes, Love is Dead is a light strategy party card game where players compete to match with Boos in the dating pool! These days, dating can be downright scary. Seriously, who wants to get ghosted?

In the game, you play Trait cards that correspond to the Boo’s traits. Other players could be going after the same Boos! Once a player matches with 3 Boos, the game is over – the player who scores the most points from their matches wins!

Will you match with AJ who’s only looking for a date to their cousin’s funeral? Or Niah, who’ll ghost you just for being an Aries? (Talk about a horror-scope.) The Love is Dead game will have players dying laughing at parties, get-togethers, or game nights with friends. Love is Dead is available now at Walmart and Target.com.

Love is Dead retails for $19.99 and for 2 to 5 players ages 13 years and up.

A Surprise Planeswalker Arrives When All Seems Lost in Magic #18

BOOM! Studio has revealed a first look at Magic #18, the next issue from acclaimed comics writer Jed MacKay, artists Ig Guara and Arancia Studio’s Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, about bloody revenge and a desperate escape attempt, available on September 7, 2022.

Tezzeret knows he’s been betrayed… and he’s set his bloodhound, Tibalt, on the traitor’s trail. Now Garruk, Chandra, and Niko are all that stand between Davriel Cane and a gruesome death at Tibalt’s hands. Cane’s agreed to play bait, but insists on a Cabaretti-class production behind him, complete with a guest star Planeswalker who might just give our heroes what they need to find their way back to Ravnica and save Vraska, Kaya, and Ral!

Magic #18 features main cover art by acclaimed artist Miguel Mercado, a polybagged Secret Planeswalker Variant Cover by Frany, and an Incentive Variant Cover by Junggeun Yoon.

Magic #18

Preview: Magic Vol. 2

Magic Vol. 2

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Ig Guara (CA) Matteo Scalera
In Shops: Oct 12, 2022
SRP: $24.99

Writer Jed MacKay (Moon Knight) and artist Ig Guara (Teen Titans) bring a thrilling conclusion to the first story arc of Magic!
An ancient avatar has a hold on Ravnica, and it will take the shared power of Kaya, ghost assassin, Ral Zarek, supreme science mage, and Vraska, fearless queen of the Golgari (plus the unexpected help of a certain necromancer) to even have a chance of defeating it.
From assassinations to conspiracies and all-out war, the adventure will test the planeswalkers’ abilities, the limits of magic itself, and their friendship, catapulting the story into the next unforgettable arc!
Collects Magic #6-10.

Magic Vol. 2

Preview: Magic: Ajani Goldmane #1

Magic: Ajani Goldmane #1

(W) Seanan McGuire (A) Nori Retherford, Jacques Salomon, Giuseppe Cafaro, Michael Shelfer, Lea Caballero (CA) Ariel Olivetti
In Shops: Aug 24, 2022
SRP: $8.99

This standalone tale introduces new readers to fan favorite planeswalker Ajani Goldmane, while delving into his past adventures and uncovering surprising revelations for the brave healer’s current fans!

But what happens when the steadfast, valiant protector faces threats beyond his capabilities?

Magic: Ajani Goldmane #1
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